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ABUELITA AND I MAKE FLAN by Adriana Hernández Bergstrom


by Adriana Hernández Bergstrom ; illustrated by Adriana Hernández Bergstrom

Pub Date: Aug. 9th, 2022
ISBN: 978-1-62354-265-8
Publisher: Charlesbridge

Making dessert with Abuelita keeps a family tradition alive.

Anita can’t wait to make flan with her grandmother for the first time as a special treat for her abuelo’s birthday. Abuelita has arthritis, so she needs Anita’s help in the kitchen. She’s so excited to get started that she drops the very special plate that Abuelita always uses for the flan. Worried, Anita tries to keep the broken plate a secret as she and Abuelita begin making the treat. While they’re cooking together, Abuelita shares stories of other flan recipes in the family and the people who made them special. Anita finally comes clean about the plate and is surprised when, instead of being mad, Abuelita reminds her that people are more important than things and that Abuelo will love the flan because it was made with love—even if it’s served on a different plate. Written in a mix of English and Spanish, the story emphasizes the importance of family customs and the connections between generations. Expressive illustrations create a sense of emotion throughout. Anita’s grandparents are from Cuba and have light brown skin; Anita has lighter skin and dark brown hair. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A tale as sweet as flan.

(glossary, recipe) (Picture book. 4-8)